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Thank you for visiting the web site of Patten, Wornom, Hatten and Diamonstein, L.C., ("PWHD"). This web site was created by PWHD so that you could learn more about the legal services that we offer and other information related to the law. This content is for informational purposes only. None of the information at this web site is intended to constitute, nor does it constitute, legal advice, and none of the information necessarily reflects the opinions of PWHD, its attorneys or clients. Please read our Disclaimer which is incorporated into these Terms, for additional limitations on the use and effect of this web site.


This "Terms of Use" document outlines the conditions on which this web site is made available to you. Read the Terms of Use carefully. If you use this Web site, you are deemed to have read, understood, and agreed to these Terms of Use. If you do not accept the Terms of Use, you should stop reading or otherwise using the web site or any materials obtained from it.



PWHD may periodically change, remove, or add to the material on this web site without notice. This material may contain technical or typographical errors. PWHD does not guarantee its accuracy, completeness or suitability. In addition, PWHD hereby advises you that legal advice will only be accurate and applicable if provided by a licensed attorney who is familiar with the factual circumstances of your situation. The information provided by our web site is not intended to replace or substitute for review by a licensed attorney.  PWHD assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the contents of this web site. Your use of this web site is at your own risk. Under no circumstances shall PWHD or any other party involved in the creation, production or delivery of this web site be liable to you or any other person for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind arising from your access to, or use of, this web site. IN NO EVENT SHALL PATTEN, WORNOM, HATTEN AND DIAMONSTEIN, L.C., BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THIS MATERIAL, FOR ANY USE OF THIS WEB SITE, OR FOR ANY OTHER LINKED WEB SITE.



This web site contains links to third party web sites for the convenience of our users. PWHD does not endorse any of these third party sites and does not imply any association between PWHD and those sites. PWHD does not control these third party web sites and cannot represent that their policies and practices will be consistent with these Terms of Use. If you use links to access and use such web sites, you do so at your own risk. PWHD is not responsible for the contents or availability of any linked sites. These links are provided only as a convenience to the recipient.



PWHD lawyers are licensed to practice law only within the states of New York, Pennsylvania,  Washington DC, and Virginia, but we affiliate or form relationships with lawyers throughout the United States. PWHD may refer prospective clients to other law firms located throughout the country, who have relationships with PWHD, and are experienced in handling such cases. PWHD may also undertake legal representation in certain cases, and will affiliate with other legal counsel located throughout the country to provide legal representation.


The laws of each State are different. This web site contains information about general or common rules that apply in some states. This web site also contains information about verdicts or settlements in past cases. You cannot assume that the same rules apply, or that the same result would occur, in your state or any particular state.


Statutes of Limitations are especially important. Every state has laws called the "statute of limitations" which set a deadline to file litigation. That means that if litigation is filed too late, it may be thrown out of court, regardless of the defendant's fault or the severity of the injuries. Some states have a two-year period for negligence injury claims; the time period in other states may be longer or shorter. Insurance policies, particularly homeowners insurance, may require that suit be filed within one year of a loss. Some states allow claims against government agencies, but require a written notice very soon after the accident, perhaps within three months. Because investigation and research is needed to identify all possible defendants and theories of recovery, if you have an accident or injury, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.


PWHD has tried to comply with all applicable legal and ethical requirements in compiling this web site. We welcome comments about our compliance with the applicable rules and will update the site as warranted upon learning of any new or different requirements.

To the extent that the professional responsibility rules of any jurisdiction require us to designate a principal office or an attorney responsible for this web site, Patten, Wornom, Hatten and Diamonstein, L.C., designates its office in Newport News, Virginia (USA), 12350 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 300, and its managing Member, Robert R. Hatten, Esq.


Because some material on this web site constitutes lawyer advertising, and this web site may be viewed from anywhere in the United States, particular disclosures are required by the rules of some states. PWHD adopts and makes the following disclosures:

Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.

Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.

Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.

Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.

Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.

Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.

New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT -- NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.


New York : ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor's Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.

Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer's credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.



These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, without regard to any choice of law principles. Disputes arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts of Virginia.



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